I had quite a few ups and downs in 2016 and the year ended with me having surgical treatment for endometriosis. Not wanting to dwell on the previous year, I was determined to have a positive start to 2017 but things weren’t quite going to plan…
It seemed like one thing after another as soon as January started: I was still recovering from my surgery, I developed a post-operative infection, and my incisions kept opening up after my stitches had come out; my tumble dryer broke; the baby safety gate fell off, again; the water from the hot tap on my bath was running cold and I had to get a plumber out to fix it, twice; and I had to buy a new car seat and pram for Molly. It was all money money money which is the last thing we needed just after Christmas. This definitely wasn’t the start to the New Year I was hoping for.
It would have been easy to sit and dwell, but under no circumstances was I willing to accept the negativity that was being piled on me.
It was time to get my big girl pants on and show 2017 who the boss was…
I have seen quite a few gratitude posts around and I think they are a fantastic way of reminding ourselves that even though life gets us down sometimes, there are always positives and things we can be grateful for.
In my quest for eternal optimism and positivity I have decided to start a monthly series of gratitude posts, so if I am ever feeling down or stressed, I can look back over these posts and remember the good things I have experienced.
So… I will just get on with it and say thank you January for:
Myself, my fiancé Chris and our two year old daughter Molly have started going on family walks in the trail / wooded area close to where we live. It doesn’t take us long to get there and it’s a lovely walk. It is nice to be out in the open getting some fresh air, and a great way to add some gentle exercise into our day. My sister, brother-in-law and niece join us occasionally which is lovely.
Holiday to the Isle of Man
We have family who live on the island so it was lovely to spend some time with them for a few days and the change of scenery was definitely needed.
After a lot of mithering, I finally gave in and let Chris take Molly to her first football match. Of course I insisted on going with them. Molly is only two and a half so is a little young to be expected to sit still for all that time. It’s also the middle of winter so she would be freezing. Molly seemed to enjoy herself though, but she was slightly overwhelmed by the noise and amount of people there.
Luckily we were sat at the end of the row so Molly had a bit of room to get up and move around, which meant no tantrums. We brought a couple of blankets with us to wrap her up in if she got cold; she fell asleep on my knee towards the end of the match so I was glad of the blankets. Since the match, Molly keeps talking about going to football with daddy and wanting to wear her football shirt so she must have enjoyed herself. I still think she is too young at the moment though…
Chris and I have been privileged to get time to ourselves on two separate occasions this month! We found ourselves with a Friday afternoon free and Molly was at nursery so we went and had a cheeky pub lunch. We also scheduled in a babysitter and had a date night. It is always nice to spend some baby free time together, especially when you don’t know how long it will be until you get to do it again.
Our social calendar for the year ahead is already starting to fill up which reminds me how blessed we are to have such lovely friends and family surrounding us. We have two weddings to look forward to later this year, we have some parties to attend, a family reunion and two occasions of nights away with friends booked in too. It is looking like a busy year ahead already, which is brilliant!
Even though January seemed quite tough at times, its actually been a really good month. Having everything written down really helps to remind me of that. I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year brings…